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Northwestern State University of Louisiana 



Summer 1999 


Dr. Randall J. Webb, President 
Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

The 1998-99 academic year at Northwestern has come to a 
close and it has been a successful one for your alma 
mater I'd like to take a few minutes to review some of our 

Most importantly, more than 1,100 students have joined the ranks of North- 
western alumni. After earning their degrees, these men and women will begin 
careers in a variety of fields or return to school for additional study. 

We have taken steps to further strengthen our academic programs by seeking 
national accreditation for all eligible programs. This year, Northwestern was ac- 
credited for theatre by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. We are in 
the process of seeking accreditation for four additional programs to meet our goal 
of having all programs accredited by 2001. 

This year. Northwestern established a Department of Social Work within the Col- 
lege of Liberal Arts which will allow our program in social work to continue to grow. 

Northwestern has been able to bring in additional private money to provide more 
educational opportunities for students. NSU has received two of the largest gifts in 
its history from the estate of Mrs. Alice E. Dear and the estate of alumnus Marion 
Loftin. Natchitoches businessman Ben Johnson has also agreed to donate money to 
his foundation to provide scholarships for non-traditional students. The generosity 
of these individuals will touch Northwestern and its students for years to come. 

In athletics, we also had a wonderful year. The NSU football team won the 
Southland Football League and advanced to the Division I-AA semifinals. Their 
successful season brought a great deal of positive statewide and national atten- 
tion to the university. Our softball team made its nighttime debut at its newly 
lighted field and also successfully defended its conference title. 

There have been so many outstanding stories and events that have taken place 
this year. I wish I could relate more of them to you. It has been my pleasure to see 
many of you at various events and activities around the state. Your support of 
Northwestern is vital to our continued success. I am appreciative of all you do to 
help your alma mater remain a special place. 

Dr. Steve Horton, Director 
Alumni Affairs 

Fellow Northwestern Graduates and Friends: 

It's amazing how quiet the campus gets following the ending of a semester. And 
the spring semester was a hectic one at that, both for students and alumni. 

I extend my thanks to all of those alumni who opened their homes throughout 
Louisiana to our fall 1999 freshman class as part of our student-alumni recruiting 
program. Overall we visited with nearly 500 freshmen who anxiously await their 
descent on Northwestern. I was pleased to see that so many of these were chil- 
dren or grandchildren of Northwestern graduates. 

The class of 1949 again made its mark on the campus when they spent the week- 
end with the spring 1999 commencement class. We hosted 52 of the nearly 250 
graduates of 1949. They toured, visited, laughed and cried. ..and made a recommit- 
ment to the university as part of their commencement reunion. I thank all of those 
who made the trip home and also for those spouses and fi-iends who took the time to 
be with them. 

Once again you will be receiving information on our Annual Fund Drive. You 
will remember that the Drive has two phases, one being the mailout program, 
which begins in late July; and the phonathon, which begins after Homecoming. 
Alumni relations at Northwestern is at a record high, and this is possible because 
of your continued dedication to the Fund Drive. I thank you in advance. 

You continue to make the university proud. 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of Northwestern 

State University 

Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Organized in 1884 

A member of CASE 

Volume XI Number 2 Summer 1999 

The Alumni Columns (USPS 015480) is published 

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President Tommy Chester 

Arcadia, 1969 

Vice President Ginger Wiggins 

Jackson, 1987 

Secretary-Treasurer. Steve Horton 

Natchitoches, 1988 

Executive Director. Steve Horton 

Natchitoches, 1988 


Tommy Chester. Arcadia, 1969 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964 

Carroll Long Tyler, TX 1970 

Dale Bernard Lake Charles, 1972 

David Morgan Austin, TX 1973 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Adrian Howard Arlington, TX 1989 

Leah Sherman Dallas, 1986 

John Ramsey. New Orleans, 1986 

Joe Cunningham, Jr. ..Natchitoches, 1984 

Jimmy Williams Baton Rouge, 1993 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974,1975 

Raymond Arthur Natchitoches, 1964 

Ginger Wiggins Jackson, MS, 1986 


Shawn Hornsby Pineville, LA 

SGA President 

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spring, summer, fall and winter. 


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David West 
Leigh Flynn 


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Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis- 
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: 
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac- 
calaureate, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi- 
ana not to discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion, 
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro- 
grams, activities or employment practices as required by Title 
VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Dis- 
crimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Equal Pay 
Act of 1963, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Ex- 
ecutive Order 11246, Sections 503 and Section 504 of the 
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Section 402 of the Vietnam 
Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. 


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Honoring an alumnus who became one of the most suc- 
cessful and revered coaches in Northwestern history, 
while benefitting future NSU student-athletes, is the 
dual purpose of the Jack Clayton Plaza project. 

During Homecoming in 1996, the University honored the un- 
defeated 1966 Demon football team. Out of this reunion of former 
team members, a commitment was made to honor Clayton, the 
team's coach, for his career achievements and impact at NSU. 
Since then, the movement has broadened to include all of those 
who played for Cla3don from 1957-66 in football, and his former 
Demon baseball players in 1967-68. The group has adopted a 
"Reinvest in NSU" theme. 

The goal is the enhancement of the Jack Clayton Memorial 
Scholarship Fund and the completion of the Jack Clayton Plaza 
located at the north entrance to the Athletic Fieldhouse. The 
Plaza will honor Coach Clayton's memory and his commitment 
to excellence during his coaching career During his 11 years at 
NSU, he compiled four Gulf States Conference titles and one 
National Championship in football, and one Gulf States Confer- 
ence championship in baseball. The Jack Clayton Scholarship 
Fund will be used to defray educational expenses for worthy stu- 

"Each of us realizes what a defining factor attending NSU 
has been in our lives. We now hope that our team's commitment 
to 'Reinvest in NSU' will carry over to all former athletes and 
all of our Alumni," said Shelley Dickie, one of the 1966 Demons 
involved in the project. 

Initial contributions have been made by the 1966 team along 
with participation from the University. All NSU alumni, espe- 
cially former athletes, are encouraged to donate to this project. 
The funds generated will finish the Plaza and the continuing 
contributions will enhance the Jack Clayton Memorial Scholar- 
ship Fund. 

The Plaza will be built this summer with dedication ceremo- 
nies during the 1999 football season. Ill 

Editors note: The architectural rendering of the Jack Clayton Plaza on the 
cover of this magazine is by James R. Hearron, Designer. 

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The Plaza will bring distinction to a 
previously undeveloped grassy 
area between the north entrance 
to the Athletic Fieldhouse and the football 
field. It also provides an opportunity for all 
alumni and friends of Northwestern to 
leave a permanent display of their commit- 
ment to the University, with the purchase 
of an engraved brick in the walkway to the 
Jack Clayton Plaza. Contributors of $100 
or more will be entitled to place their name 
on a brick in the walkway. Bricks will be 
laid in groups segmented according to the 
following donation levels: 

$5000 and above - Titanium 
$2500 - Platinum 
$1000 - Gold 
$500 - Silver 
$100 - Bronze 
Smaller donations are also appreciated 
For a better look at the plans for the 
visit "" 
or contact 
Greg Burke, Athletic Director 

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Reginal Folklorist program 
will serve northwest and 
north central Louisiana 

The Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern 
has been selected to be part of the Louisiana 
Regional Folklife Program. 

The program was developed by the 
Louisiana Division of the Arts to pro- 
vide in-depth documentation of the 
state's folk traditions and facilitate its 
appropriate use by the public. Through 
grants to three state universities, with 
funding for two additional regions 
planned in the future, the Division of 
the Arts will provide funds for a folk- 
lorist in each section of the state to iden- 
tify and document folk cultural tradi- 
tions and artists, work with community groups to present 
their folk traditions to the public and to provide infor- 
mation about folklife through media coverage, univer- 
sity lectures and public presentations. Dr. Dayna Bowker 
Lee will be the regional folklorist for the Red River Val- 
ley and the Neutral Strip which includes northwest and 
north central Louisiana 

"The Regional Folklife Program should be of benefit 
to local communities in northwest and north central 
Louisiana," said Lee. "Community members and local 
organizations will be able to get assistance from the pro- 
gram to help them identify, document, and present tra- 
dition-bearers from local occupational, ethnic, family, 
regional, and religious traditions." 

Lee said the program can help communities develop 
and enhance projects involving cultural tourism, help 
them identify traditionalists who can be presented to the 
public and in educational programs, as well as develop 
efforts to improve cultural conservation which does not 
adversely impact the traditional communities. Products 
of documentation by the program, such as photographs, 
audiotapes and videotapes, will be archived at NSU as a 
permanent record of the region's ciiltiu-al heritage. 

Lee earned a bachelor of arts in anthropology and a mas- 
ter of arts in history at Northwestern. She received a doc- 
torate in anthropology fi-om the University of Oklahoma. 

The Red River Valley cuts across the state from 
Shreveport to the Mississippi River including Shreve- 
port, Natchitoches and Alexandria. The Neutral Strip 
is largely undocumented and includes remnants of early 
Texas near Zwolle. Other cultural groups include those 
who grew out of the French influence in Natchitoches, 
Spanish cultures near Robeline and Zwolle, Cane River 
Creole, Native Americans, Italians and Czechs. 

For more information contact Lee at (318) 357-4328 

NAST accredits NSL 
Theatre prcaram 

Northwestern has been accredited for a theatre 
program by the National Association of Schools 
of Theatre. The accreditation lasts until 2004. 
NSU has had a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre since 1997. 
Northwestern is one of only 116 colleges and universi- 
ties in the United States accredited for theatre. 

"To gain national recognition through NAST accredi- 
tation of Northwestern provides further evidence of the 
overall quality of the academic programs at the univer- 
sity," said Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. Webb. 
"People familiar with our theatre program are well aware 
that the program and its faculty are first-rate. It is all 
the more gratifying when other respected professionals 
arrive at similar findings." 

As part of the process, the theatre program under- 
went a rigorous 18-month self-study which examined 
facilities, available technology, faculty, curriculum and 
other areas. 

"The self-study was the most valuable part of the pro- 
cess," said Coordinator of Theatre Dr. Jack Wann. "We 
had to look at what we were doing as objectively as pos- 

In February, a peer review team visited the North- 
western campus. The team evaluated the points ad- 
dressed in the self-study as well as the university library, 
administrative support , published material, admissions 
and student retention. As part of the visit, the team also 
held extensive interviews with faculty, staff, students 
and members of the administration. 

The team submitted a report to the National Associa- 
tion, which was evaluated by a committee which ap- 
proved Northwestern's full accreditation. 

"The evaluators said they had never seen a level of 
administrative support for the program like existed 
here," said Wann. "This happened because of the sup- 
port of Dr. Randy Webb, Dr. Tom Burns, Dr. Don Hatley, 
Bill Brent and the theatre faculty and students. It was 
an ensemble effort." 

Wann said the accreditation process strengthened the 
theatre program by identifying areas that could be im- 
proved and allocating resources to accomplish the objec- 
tive. NAST is based in Reston, Va. The organization has 
been designated as the official accrediting agency for 
theatre by the U.S. Department of Education. Ill 

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Professor of Business Dr. Subhash Durlabhji has 
been named as the recipient of 1999 Mildred Hart 
Bailey Research Award at Northwestern. 

Durlabhji, who specializes in man- 
=71 agement, was honored for his research 

• in the areas of the Internet, cross-cul- 

tural research and Total Quality Man- 
agement and higher education. He pre- 
viously won the Bailey Award in 1992. 
Durlabhji is the first person to be a two- 
jmw> ■ time recipient. 

^W^ The Bailey Award is given annu- 

^^ ally to a Northwestern faculty mem- 

D^,,^g^y^^^i ber for outstanding research and/or 

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creative work substantially completed 
during the past three years. Criteria for the award in- 
clude: scholarly or creative significance; national, regional 
or local impact; originality and ingenuity of project de- 
sign and critical recognition by experts in the field. 

Durlabhji earned his doctorate at Michigan State 
University. He received a bachelor's degree and master's 
in business administration at Cornell University. 

Durlabhji has been a member of NSU's faculty since 
1987, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in 
basic statistics, principles of management, strategy and 
policy, business ethics, management of change, human 
resources management, international business, organi- 
zation behavior and Japanese management. 

Durlabhji's research on the Internet has garnered a 
great deal of attention from colleagues. It also has opened 
up new areas for him to examine and has changed how 
Durlabhji presents material to his students. 

"The Internet changes everything," said Durlabhji. 
"I've been sajdng this for the past three years and get- 
ting strange looks from people, but events are beginning 
to demonstrate that I may be right. I got interested in 
exploring the Internet's potential for business or e-com- 
merce because I'm in business and our students need to 
be able to exploit it for both research and e-commerce. 

Durlabhji has been requiring students in his international 
business course to do research exclusively on the Internet. 
This year, Durlabhji is teaching a course he developed, 
Webonomics 1.0, which examines some of the emerging 
principles of e-commerce. 

"Universities like Carnegie Mellon and MIT are al- 
ready offering Master's degree programs in e-commerce 

and I am convinced our students will demand such 
courses," said Durlabhji. "The Internet has changed the 
rules of the game in almost all industries, even if the 
business does not have a e-commerce presence. And of 
course, now all faculty will need to gear up to utilize the 
Internet in their teaching — or else." Ill 

Dr. Gregory P. Granger has been named as the 
first Clyde M. Bostick Professor of Social Sci- 
ences at NSU Granger will hold the professor- 
ship during the 1999-2000 academic year. Granger plans 
to use the professorship to reorient the international stud- 
ies section of NSU's political science program. Since the 
breakup of the Soviet Union, the emphasis of interna- 
tional studies has shifted. 

"It is vital that a political science 
program of international studies-re- 
lated courses be designed and executed 
in such a manner so as to give the stu- 
dent every opportunity to remain 
abreast of the analytical challenges 
emerging as the new millennium ap- 
proaches," said Granger. "Students 
should be offered the opportunity to un- 
derstand how the complexities facing 
the peoples of the world can be ad- 
dressed through systematic analyses 
generated fi"om a variety of international studies courses." 

In reorienting the courses. Granger plans to focus inter- 
national studies coiirses on the concept of security, relating 
primarily to but not limited to U.S. security. The concept of 
security would not be limited to military relations. Issues 
including the environment, ethnic warfare, refiigee move- 
ments, the rise of transnational criminal organizations and 
economic disruptions would also be covered. 

Granger has been a member of Northwestern's fac- 
ulty since 1995. He earned bachelor's and master's de- 
grees at Northeast Louisiana University and a doctor- 
ate at the University of New Orleans. 

Granger has presented research at several regional 
and national conferences on international relations. 
Granger co-authored, with Dr. Robert S. Jordan of the 
University of New Orleans and Dr. Clive Archer from 
Manchester University in the United Kingdom, the re- 
vised fourth edition of the text, "International Organi- 
zations: An Institutional Approach to Governance in a 
Global Society," forthcoming from Greenwood Press. 

Bostick was a decorated veteran of World War II who 
suffered wounds just before the Battle of the Bulge. He 
earned a bachelor's and master's degree at Northwest- 
em and did additional graduate work at UCLA and Loui- 
siana State University. 

After working as a teacher and counselor, Bostick went 
to work at NSU's Watson Library where he worked for 
10 years until he retired in 1981. Bostick died in 1994. 

The professorship was established with a donation of 
$60,000 from the Bostick estate and was matched with 
$40,000 in funding from the state of Louisiana. Ill 



Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity 
recolonizes on NSU campus 

The newest fraternity at Northwestern is one that 
should feel at home. After an absence of more 
than 15 years, a colony of Pi Kappa Phi Frater- 
nity has been formed. 

The colony is recruiting members and hopes to apply 
for a national charter by the end of the fall semester. 

The formation of the colony began in January when a 
group of friends decided to create a new fraternity at 

"We were sitting around talking and decided to go for 
it," said Wesley Breeden, a business major from Pride, 
who is president of the colony. "We wanted to find out if 
it was possible to form a fraternity. We found out it would 
not be easy, but it could be done." 

Breeden said NSU has a strong Greek system with 
several good fraternities, but none of the existing orga- 
nizations were exactly what he and his friends were look- 
ing for. Breeden sent letters of inquiry to 32 national 
fraternities. After receiving information, the interest 
group narrowed its choices to four, then chose to affili- 
ate with Pi Kappa Phi. 

After choosing to join Pi Kappa Phi, leadership con- 
sultant Larry Keller visited NSU to help the chapter 

"We're here to facilitate the whole process of organiz- 
ing and act as a liaison between national and the local 
chapter," said Keller, who is based in Charlotte, N.C. 
"Being part of a national organization makes more re- 
sources available to the chapter. We offer a lot of courses 
on leadership development and I believe that appealed 
to the group here." 

"We have received a great deal of help from our alumni 
and the national," said Breeden. "We started with 15 
members and are up to 27. Next fall, we plan to be very 
active and look forward to a number of events including 

"I'm excited and glad they will be back on campus," 
said alumnus George Etheredge Jr. "The philosophy of 
the fraternity system has changed. It is more commu- 
nity oriented now. They have gotten other groups such 
as athletes involved. It's a good group of guys with a lot 
of ambition. They will be the fraternity others will be 
trying to stay with." 

Etheredge, a Natchitoches insurance agent, plans to 
assist the colony as an alumni adviser and help with 
fund raising. 

"A lot of alumni are excited and want to be involved," 
he said. "Having a chapter will be good for Northwest- 
ern because it will bring back alumni for other events." 

The first chapter of Pi Kappa Phi formed at North- 
western in 1956 when a local fraternity sought national 

"We had a good group at the time, but knew we could 
do more with a national affiliation," said Jack McCain 
Jr. of Natchitoches, a local businessman and member of 
the Natchitoches City Council, who was the chapter's 
first president. "I'm delighted to see them back at North- 
western. I am impressed with the young men. I know 
being part of a fraternity was a nice extra for me." 

Pi Kappa Phi is a national fraternity which has initi- 
ated more than 77,000 men since its founding in 1904. 
The fraternity is a leader in educational programming 
through its award-winning Journey Project. Pi Kappa 
Phi also sponsors local, area and national events each 
year, teaching the fundamentals of leadership and chap- 
ter management. 

Fraternity alumni include former Los Angeles Dodg- 
ers manager Tommy Lasorda, Howard Baker, Jr., chief 
of staff to President Reagan and Randy Owen, lead singer 
for the group "Alabama." 

Pi Kappa Phi alumnus David Morgan said his experi- 
ence in a fraternity has helped him forge a successful 
business career. 

"I learned communication skills and how to get along 
with others," said Morgan, a Northwestern graduate and 
president of United Teacher Associates Insurance Com- 
pany in Austin, Texas. "A fraternity functions like a busi- 
ness. Revenue comes in from dues and you have to de- 
cide how to spend it. It was valuable experience that 
prepared me for real world situations. I feel a fraternity 
can help prepare students for a career in business. There 
are so many alumni that want to get involved and help 
this group succeed." 

NSU has five other fraternities under the Interfra- 
ternity Council, Kappa Alpha, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Nu, 
Tau Kappa Epsilon and Theta Chi. Fourteen other Greek 
organizations are chartered at Northwestern. Pi Kappa 
Phi would be the third organization to receive a charter 
in the past two years. Alpha Omicron Pi and Sigma Nu 
created chapters in 1997. Ill 

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Northwestern's offices of Alumni Affairs and Admissions 
and Recruiting were hosted by alumns Dan ('57) and Lilly 
Chase in their Baton Rouge home as part of the university's 
student recruiting receptions held throughout the state. 
Over 600 high school seniors who will be entering 
Northwestern this fall visited with university faculty, staff, 
students and alumni as part of the receptions this spring. 

The Dallas-Fort Worth Alumni Chapter hosted a crawfish boil on May 6 
for nearly 75 Northwestern graduates and friends. Those attending 
included Polly Orcutt, Jana Lucky, Lauren Landry ('98), A. J. Kennedy 
('98), Tony and Mona Bombassi ('90), David Wright ('80), Terry Guin 
('78), Walter Heatherwick, and Richard Karamatic ('76). 


Members of the Class of 1 949 relived their Northwestern years on May 7 as part of the university's Golden Jubilee celebration held 
as part of the spring commencement exercises. They were the honored guests of several events, and made another walk across 
the stage to receive their diploma. Members of the class attending included: 

Margaret Whiteside Ackel, Margaret Ackel Adkins, Jacob Anderson, Fred Hall Bandy, Leon Basco, Bill Brister, Marvin Carter 
John W. Davis, Sid A. Dean, Ernestine Speights Dees, Thomas H. Deloach, William J. Derrick, Philip J. deTournillion, Janie Palmer 
Dobbins, Melvin Doggett, James Malcolm Durham, Millie Jo Pulley Edwards, Ralph B. Edwards, Lois Elaine Gregory, Therrell E. 
Hassell, Willett C. Hornsby, Jr., Marguerite White Hudson, Jettie Johnson James, Chester Luther Johnson, Juanita Cordozier 
Kilpatrick, Paul N. LeBleu, Trent O. Melder, Milton W. McLanahan, Chester W. O'Quin Jr., Mary Jo Gauthreaux O'Quin, Annie 
Eznack Reed, Roy Remont, Margie Moore Rike, Frances Elouise Sanders, Benjamin LaDelle Sandifer, Wallace Leon Sandifer, 
Geraldine Johnson Shaw, Meade P. Shaw, William E. Timon Jr., Margie Knight Tipton, William Marsh Torbitt, Peggy Jean Casemore 
Wilhelm, M. Marie Durr Williams, Jerry Edmond Wise, and Harrison Young, Jr. 

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Wednesday, October 27 
NSU Retirees Reception 

2 - 4 p.m. — Alumni Center 

Reception for all Northwestern retirees. invitation only 

Thursday, October 28 

Steen and Stames Gathering 

6 p.m. — Shriner's Club, N-Club members only 

Friday, October 29 

Homecoming Golf Tourney /Lunch 

11 a.m. — Recreation Complex. Come participate in the annual golf 
scramble for $35 per player (includes lunch by Coach Gene Knecht). 
Reservations can be made at the Recreation Complex or by calling 
357-3208. Or, if you prefer to just have lunch, you can join the 
golfers for $7! (be sure to make your reservation). 

NSU Foundation Board Meeting 

12:30 p.m. Cane River Room, Student Union. Open to the public. 

Alumni Association Board Meeting 

2 p.m. — Cane River Room, Student Union 
Annual board of directors meeting open to the public. 

Homecoming Parade 

5 p.m. (approx.) — Campus/Town Annual Homecoming Parade for 
both the Northwestern and Natchitoches communities featuring 
50-plus floats. Begins at Prather Coliseum and ends at the 
Downtown Riverbank. Pep rally on Riverbank will follow parade. 


Honoring Alumni Board, Foundation Board, Distinguished 
Faculty Recipients, and Long Purple Line recipients, both 
current and past. 
5:45 p.m.- 7 p.m. — Alumni Center — By invitation only 

Homecoming Banquet 

7:30 p.m. — Student Union Ballroom 
Armual banquet honoring Long Purple Line recipients, the 
President's Distinguished Service Award recipient. Distinguished 
Faculty Award recipients, N-Club inductees, and the Class of 1949. 
Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the Alumni 
Center or by calling 357-4414 or 888-799-6486. Social hour prior 
to the banquet will be held from 6:45 - 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the 
Student Union. Vic the Demon may be there! 

Saturday, October 30 
5K "Run for Richard" 

8:30 a.m. — Begins at Ledet Track Complex 
Cost is $15 per person, which includes t-shirt, game ticket, 
and barbeque dinner. Advanced reservations required. Call 
357-5251" for details. Proceeds will benefit the Richard Ware 
Scholarship Fund. 

College of Business Alumni Breakfast 

8 a.m. — Vic's, Student Union 

All graduates of the College of Business are invited to attend a 
breakfast that will honor inductees of the College's Hall of 
Fame. For more information, call (318) 357-5161. 

Ladies Bingo Brunch 

9:30 a.m.— NSU Recreation Complex 

This hit event returns! Enjoy a New Orleans Style brunch while 
playing several games of Bingo! Prizes awarded! Cost is $15 per 
person, and advanced reservations are required. Call 357-4414 
or 888-799-6486 for details. Reservations should be made "o 
later than Friday, October 29. 

Blue Key 40th Anniversary Homecoming 
Reception 10 a.m. — Alumni Center 

Join alumni members of Blue Key's National Honor Fraternity 
in celebrating its 40th anniversary on the Northwestern campus. 
Members will pay tribute to their university founder. Dean Leonard 
Nichols, who is also one of the University's Long Purple Line 
recipients. Call (318) 357-5286 to let them know you're coming. 

N-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 

10 a.m. — Purple & White Room, Athletic Fieldhouse 

Lady Demon Basketball practice 

morning — Prather Coliseum 

Demon Basketball practice 

morning — Prather Coliseum (under the direction of new head 
coach Mike McConathy) 

University Bookstore Open 

10 a.m. -1 p.m. — Student Union 

Class, Group Reunions (including Class of 1949) 

11 a.m. -1:30 p.m.— Tailgating Field 

N-Club Reunion 

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.— Tailgating Field 

Tailgating Activities 

11 a.m. -1:30 p.m.— Tailgating Field 

Pregame activities 

1 p.m. — Turpin Stadium 

Homecoming Game vs. Southwest Texas 

2 p.m. — Turpin Stadium 

Halftime Ceremonies 

3:30 p.m. (approx) — Turpin Stadium 

Band Alumni Party (members only) 

5 p.m. (approx)— Alumni Center 

Postgame Reception for Homecoming Court 
and members of the Alumni Homecoming 
Courts (by invitation) 
5 p.m. (approx) — Purple & White Room, Athletic Field House 

N-Club Activities (members only) 

5 p.m. (approx) — Shriners Club 

"Boogie on the Bricks" 

5 p.m. (approx) — Front Street 

Join Demon fans in the Historic District for music, food and drink 

as Natchitoches puts on its best for the Demons! 

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For NSU alumnus Dr. F. Gary Cunningham, 
the quahty education he received from his 
professors at the Northwestern was a career- 
inspiring experience. 

Cunningham, who graduated from Northwestern 
with a bachelor's degree in biology in 1964, believes 
his professors more than prepared him for his own 
career as a professor in the Department of Obstetrics 
and Gynecology at the University of Southwestern 
Medical School in Dallas. 

He is also the chairman of the Holder, Beatrice and 
Miguel Elias Distinguished Chair in Obstetrics and 

During his time at Northwestern, Cunningham 
said he received the same quality education as those 
students who attended larger institutions, if not 

"To me, NSU was the right place," he said. "North- 
western does deserve the credit. The pre-medical 
training was as good as it gets anywhere else." 

Cunningham has been the chief of obstetrics and 
gynecology at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas 
since 1982, the largest ob-gyn residency and obstetri- 
cal service in the United States. In fact, 13,750 babies 
were delivered there last year 

Cunningham has earned a long list of accomplish- 
ments, including having 88 scientific abstracts 
presented at national meetings. 

He is the author or editor of six books including 
"Williams Obstetrics," which has been in continuous 
publication since its first edition in 1903. 
Cunningham was the senior author of the 18th, 19th 
and 20th editions. He has written 76 chapters in 
various books and has had 140 peer-reviewed publica- 
tions in medical journals. Cunningham has also 
served as a consultant to the surgeon general of the 
Army and the Air Force. 

Cunningham belongs to several medical societies 
including the American Gynecological and Obstetrical 
Society, the Society for Gynecologic Investigation and 
the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, the three most 
prestigious academic societies in obstetrics and g3me- 

Despite his many successes, Cunningham insists 
his real joy comes from teaching. In fact, when people 
ask what he does for a living, his immediate response 
is, "I'm a teacher." 

Cunningham said he always knew he wanted to be 
a teacher. Some of his earliest memories are of his 
grandfather Francis Fournet, who was chairman of 
the Department of Chemistry and Physics at North- 
western and also Cunningham's namesake. Fournet 
Hall was named in honor of his grandfather. 

He hopes to use the teaching skills he learned from 
his grandfather and his own professors at NSU to 
make a difference in students' lives. 

"There's no doubt I'm a better teacher because of 
those teachers at Northwestern," he said. 

Cunningham is steadfast in his belief that the 
professors he encountered at Northwestern were 
simply amazing due, in part, to their great intelli- 
gence and enthusiasm. 

"They were an extremely dedicated, hardworking 
faculty," he said. "They were excellent role models and 
a great inspiration." 

Despite teaching students who have earned 
bachelor's degrees from much larger schools, 
Cunningham believes Northwestern students are 
receiving the same value of education. Part of his 
belief stems from the time and effort teachers are 
willing to give their students, just as his own teachers 
did when he was an undergraduate. 

"I'm proud to be from Northwestern," he said. "I 
hope I'm half as good as they were." Ill 

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Old NSU friends retire from 
Texas Tech University 

Two Northwestern alumni, Dr. Joe Cornett and 
Dr. Joe Green, have recently completed 
distinguished careers in higher education at 
Texas Tech University. Cornett, a native of Waterproof, 
and Green, who is from Bernice, met in 1954 at 

Professor Cornett had a thirty-year career at Texas 
Tech where he served as Chair of the College of 
Education's Division of Educational Psychology and 
Leadership. Prior to that, he taught three years at 
Southeastern Louisiana University and served as a 
mathematics teacher at Rusheon Junior High in 
Bossier City. 

Cornett was joined at Texas Tech in 1996 by Green, a 
Professor Emeritus of Louisiana State University in 
Shreveport, where he had served for sixteen years, nine 
as chairman of the Department of Education. Green 
had previously taught at Murray State (Kentucky) 
University, the University of Southwestern Louisiana, 
and the University of South Florida. Prior to his 
university positions, Green taught English at Houma 
Central Junior High School in Terrebonne Parish and 
served nine years as basketball coach and teacher at 
Harrisonburg High School in Catahoula Parish. 

The two Northwestern graduates have enjoyed 
markedly parallel careers. Both earned doctorates from 
the University of Arkansas: Cornett in 1966; Green in 
1969. Each served as graduate assistant to one of that 
university's most distinguished professors, Rudyard 
Kipling Bent. Professor Bent directed both of their 
doctoral dissertations. (Green later would write a 
biography of Professor Bent in 1992.) 

Cornett's academic interests led him to specialize in 
the areas of Curriculum, Quantitative Research Design 
and Analysis, and Statistics. He is author or co-author 
of eight books and more than fifty journal articles, 
monographs, and technical reports. 

Green's academic specialization was Curriculum 
Theory and Educational Foundations, primarily 
philosophy and history of education. He has produced 
some 169' scholarly works, including three books and 

Two Northwestern alumni who recently retired from Texas 
Tech University are pictured together, (L-R) Joe L. Green 
and Joe Cornett. 

numerous chapters and articles in professional 
journals, encyclopedia, and scholarly proceedings. 
Three of his journal articles have been recognized with 
special awards. 

Though their research and scholarly work in 
education, both Cornett and Green have gained national 
and international reputations in their respective fields. 
Each has received special recognition by their 
universities and by scholarly groups for their sustained 
records of published research over the past three 

Cornett is married to the former Elayne Sutherlin of 
Haughton. They have two children and two 
grandchildren. Green is married to the former Emmilee 
Johnson of Harrisonburg. They have two children and 
one grandchild. 

The Cornetts now reside in Rogers, Arkansas. The 
Greens live in Harrisonburg, Louisiana. The two 
couples remain close friends and stay in regular contact 
through e-mail and occasional visits. Both Cornett and 
Green express pride and appreciation in the 
foundational experiences they gained at Northwestern 
in the 1950s. HI 

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NSU logo pottery 
is now available 

Anew line of pottery dedicated 
to Northwestern State Univer- 
sity is quickly growing in popular- 
ity among alumni and supporters of 
the University. 

The hand-made and hand- 
painted pottery, which bears the 
NSU name in purple and orange and 
includes the three columns, is now 
available at Kaffie-Frederick in 
downtown Natchitoches. 

Since its debut approximately two 
months ago, the pottery has sold at 
an unbelievable rate, said Luke 
Frederick, owner of Kaffie- 

"We can't keep up," Frederick said 
of requests for the pottery. "The com- 
munity has really embraced it." 

Frederick said the first round of 
Northwestern pottery he received 
includes a low pasta bowl, popcorn 
bowl, chip and dip set, trivet, sand- 
wich tray, coffee mugs and a Christ- 
mas ornament. Prices range any- 
where from $21.50 to $74.50. And a 
portion of the proceeds goes to the 
Alumni Association and NSU Foun- 

The Northwestern pottery was 
created by a pottery company in 
South Carolina and can only be 
found at Kaffie-Frederick. 

The next shipment of pottery will 
include a 10-inch square plate, 
square platter, round platter, spoon 
rest, pitcher and cookie jar. 

The Northwestern pottery can be 
purchased at Kaffie-Frederick lo- 
cated at 758 Front St. in 
Natchitoches. Those who live out of 
state may place an order using a 
credit card by calling the store at 

Frederick said they ship UPS ev- 
ery day. He is also in the process of 
creating a list page with sketches of 
the pottery, which can be faxed to 
potential buyers. Frederick reminds 
customers there may be a waiting 
period on their order depending on 
the availability of the pottery. 

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